Writing Support Services

Resources, Links, and Services

Video Resources

Digital Tools 

  • 750 Words
    This website helps you develop the habit of writing 750 words a day.
  • oTranscribe
    A free web tool for research writers who have interview data to transcribe. It puts transcribing and listening in one place so there is no need to switch windows/frames.
  • Grammarly.com
    As you type, Grammarly flags writing errors and offers suggestions on correcting them. 
  • Merriam-Webster Online
    An online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation

All Purpose Handbooks

Online Writing Handouts 
There are many online writing centers and writing center handouts. This list is by no means comprehensive but represents some of the more useful sites.

Library Resources
The River Campus Libraries support students with research and writing. For guidance on searching for and referencing education research, visit Eileen Daly-Boas’ homepage: https://libguides.lib.rochester.edu/edu. For information on APA style, visit https://libguides.lib.rochester.edu/apa. To get help with reference management software, visit https://libguides.lib.rochester.edu/referencemanagers 

Paid Consulting Services Guidelines

The Warner School is now providing a list of freelance editors and proofreaders interested in serving Warner School students. This service is not sponsored by Writing Support Services (WSS) or the Warner School, nor does WSS or the Warner School assume any responsibility for the quality, cost, or availability of these services.

Who are the freelance editors and proofreaders?

Freelance editors and proofreaders listed have relevant experience. You may ask specific editors/proofreaders to inform you of their experience. They may or may not be Warner School students. Some of the editors/proofreaders are members of the WSS staff. However, they are offering this service separately from their WSS work. Fees, method of payment, and schedule are to be negotiated between individual editors/proofreaders and clients.

Freelance Editors and Proofreaders:

Taryn Aldrich
Taryn Aldrich is a professional editor who offers copy editing services and writing coaching to graduate students and academic faculty, many of whom are non-native English speakers. Her editing work spans a variety of disciplines, including STEM fields. She focuses on editing scholarly manuscripts and dissertations prior to publication. She also works on grant and research proposals, CVs and job applications, and similar materials. She holds an MA in Professional Writing in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences. She previously managed a university writing center and worked in educational publishing. Her clients’ articles have been published in a variety of top-tier journals. View Taryn's resumé.

Sharon Bear
Sharon Bear has been providing editing services for faculty in education and related fields for 30 years. She is currently the faculty editor for the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University at Orange, California; Center for Hearing and Deafness at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany, as well as the manuscript editor for Issues in Teacher Education (a journal of the California Council on Teacher Education).  She has a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialty in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Southern California.  She has been working privately with faculty and doctoral students since 1985, assisting with the design and organization, as well as the editing of proposals, journal articles, books, and research papers.  In addition, she has edited books in the areas of education, psychology, and social work. View Sharon Bear's resumé.

Johanna Bond, LMHC
Johanna Bond is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice at Perspectives Mental Health Counseling, PLLC. She is also a freelance writer and editor. She has written previously for the New York Times Well blog, and the Huffington Post blog. She gained editing experience as a literary editorial intern for Little, Brown, and currently offers editing services through her business, Perspectives' Pen. She offers editing for academic writing, creative writing (including non-fiction blogs as well as fiction), and writing in the mental health field. View Johanna Bond’s resumé.

Amy Calabrese-Metcalfe
585 314-9773
Amy Calabrese-Metcalfe has more than 15 years of experience in writing and editing. She has worked as a writer and editor for Garden Design, Glamour, The New York Times Magazine, and Rochester Magazine. She has also worked as a writer, editor, and proofreader for RIT and the U of R.

Rose Ernst
Rose Ernst is a developmental editor and writing coach specializing in social sciences, as well as history, law, and interdisciplinary social sciences/humanities. Rose offers revise and resubmit services, Institutional Review Board application review, and fellowship application review. She supports writers in producing coherent, elegant, and persuasive research papers, journal articles, theses/dissertations, and books. View Rose Ernst’s resumé.

Heartful Editor 
Emily A. Daniels
Heartful Editor was founded by Dr. Sara Kathleen Henry, a university administrator turned entrepreneur who turned her love of academic writing and APA style into a values-driven initiative focused on graduate and doctoral student success. Heartful Editor has a team of 30 academic coaches and editors who are all doctorate-educated academic and career professionals in K-12 and higher education, student affairs, leadership studies, and the social and behavioral sciences. The Heartful Editor team is deeply committed to providing ethical and supportive coaching and editing support to students, faculty, and academic and career professionals throughout the country and internationally. The Heartful Editor team reviews and provides guidance on theses, course papers, proposals and dissertations, resumes, CVs, cover letters, academic journal articles, academic books and book chapters, conference presentations, grant applications, policy manuals, and more. 

Martha J. Hoff
Different students, learners, and writers have their own ways in which they transfer their voice, knowledge, and passion into the written word. But frequently, poor organization, APA formatting complexities, and grammatical issues distract the reader’s attention from even the most profound and ground breaking research.  Since 2002 Martha has taught and worked with a vast number of graduate students. From course papers, theses, dissertation proposals, and dissertations she has worked with students, guiding them to put their ideas and thoughts into clear, fluid prose. With a deep understanding of how to overcome the challenges inherent in the writing step of the dissertation journey, Martha founded PhD-Ready, a dissertation writing support service. Martha is passionate about and truly enjoys the academic editing process, and delights in that sense of accomplishment that comes when good ideas shine through clear, concise writing. Martha’s educational background includes a PhD in Teaching and Curriculum from Warner (the impact of mobile technology on literacy practices), a M.Ed. from Canisius College in Buffalo (Reading Specialist), and a B.A.Sc. in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph.  View Martha Hoff's resumé.

Gail Hosking
585-721-5236 cell
Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake's Daughter (University of Iowa Press) and the poetry chapbook The Tug. For over two decades her essays and poetry have been published often in literary journals and anthologized in books. She has worked as a professional writing consultant at RIT, a professor of English and the University Writing Program, an editor for the Harvard Law School journals, and a proofreader for an ad agency. View Gail Hosking's resumé.

Jennifer King, Ph.D.
Jennifer King is a freelance reviewer and editor (in addition to being a secondary ELA educator). She pursued her doctoral studies at the Warner School from 2005-2013, earning her Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Change in 2013. Her specialization is English education and adolescent literacies. While at Warner, she was a coordinator and tutor for Writing Support Services from 2005-2008 and the acting director of the secondary English education program from 2009-2011. She serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and reviews for English Education; she has also published in these peer-reviewed journals. Her goal is to support people on their doctoral journeys, and to that end, she seeks to understand clients' needs and then adapt services and timelines accordingly. She is available for reviewing and editing services for comprehensive exams, dissertation proposals, dissertation drafts, journal article manuscripts, and conference proposals and presentations. She is also available to assist with master’s theses. Email for more information.

Carmel Priore-Garlock
585 729-4969
Carmel Priore-Garlock is a professional writer and editor, with experience spanning the sectors of education, business, and industry. She has provided research editing services at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester, St. John Fisher College, Roberts Wesleyan College, the Cary Graphic Arts Press, Urban Choice Charter School, and the George Eastman House. View Carmel Priore-Garlock's resumé.

Quick Brown Fox Consulting
Alice Daer and Carrie Gillon
Alice and Carrie are the co-founders of Quick Brown Fox Consulting. They are two former “R1” university professors with over 40 combined years of teaching writing, conducting research, and publishing scholarship. They read and respond to work across STEM, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Alice Daer has a PhD in Writing and Rhetoric from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked with writers for over 20 years, helping them overcome their anxiety and meet their goals. Carrie Gillon has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia and specializes in dissertation, thesis, manuscript, and article editing, proofreading, and formatting, including APA, Chicago/Turabian, AMA, Bluebook, and others. Quick Brown Fox Consulting provides one-on-one mentoring and coaching appointments, one-off reviews of documents before they’re sent off for publication, and editing/formatting services.
View Alice Daer’s and Carrie Gillon’s resumé.

Patricia Roesch 
Patricia Roesch’s freelance editing is done primarily with dissertations, theses, and journal papers for students and faculty of colleges and universities, including several schools of the University of Rochester (Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Dentistry, Arts and Sciences, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education), the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, St. John Fisher, and RIT. View Patricia Roesch’s resumé.

Running Ink LLC
Katie Lang & Taylor Duncan 
With more than 15 years of combined experience in graduate level writing and research, Katie Lang and Taylor Duncan are co-founders of Running Ink LLC, an editing, proofreading, and coaching service. Katie Lang is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds an MA in Literary & Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, a BA in English from Duquesne University, and a PA Secondary English Education Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh. Katie has worked as a private writing consultant, tutor, and editor for the past 13 years. Taylor Duncan is a full-time librarian at a university with a student body of over 95% graduate students. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Literary & Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in English from Duquesne University. Aside from librarianship, Taylor has held positions as a tutor, technical writer, copy editor, and QA analyst. Running Ink LLC specializes in dissertation, thesis, manuscript, and essay editing and proofreading, ESL/ELL editing and proofreading, resume/CV editing and proofreading, transcription, research and academic coaching, and style formatting including APA, MLA, Chicago, CBE, and other styles. View Katie Lang's resumé. View Taylor Duncan's resumé.

Elizabeth Schiavoni
(603) 965-5400
Elizabeth Schiavoni is a freelance Medical and Science Writer who works with writers from diverse disciplines. She has worked through the writing center at the University at Buffalo since 2016 and is known for meeting needs of writers with learning disabilities. 

James Sutherland
585 482-0797
James Sutherland is a Rochester-based editor/proofreader offering graduate students and faculty professional-level editing services for journal papers, theses and dissertations. His background includes academic-oriented technical writing and editing at Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College and Urban Choice Charter School in addition to decades of experience handling all phases of technical, corporate and general communications for industry, public relations and advertising. He has a working knowledge of APA and other widely used guidelines for style/citation/layout of academic and scientific publications. View James Sutherland's resumé.

Stephanie Webster
585 797-8866
Warner doctoral student and Writing Support Services consultant
Stephanie Webster has taught both academic and creative writing from middle school through college and currently works for Writing Support Services. Before coming to Warner, she taught high school English for four years and also worked as a private tutor providing English language instruction for both native speakers and English Language Learners.

Clare Zuraw
Clare is a Warner School graduate (MS ’09) who has worked with English language learners for ten years.  She has taught academic writing at Baltimore City Community College and Michigan Technological University and provides editing services specializing in the needs of second language writers. View Clare Zuraw's resumé.